Wednesday, June 24, 2009


A few months ago I posted about this art show coming up to help the Mattson family with some heavy-duty medical bills. Well, the big night's finally here. I didn't really know who was going to be involved when Jair Bortoleto asked me to hook up with Jamie "Pinapple Luv" Watson to donate something, but because my family's been through similar circumstances, I really wanted to help out. Now I look at the list below and am totally blown away by all the cool people that gave a piece of their artwork to the cause.

Featured Artists:
Alberto Cuadros, Andrew Paynter, Andy Davis, Candace Anderson, Chivo, Ciro Bicudo, David Hanson, Droog79, Dustin Ortiz, Ed Fladung, Frank Cubillos, Heather Brown, Jair Bortoleto, Jamie Watson, Jay Watson, Jenny McGee Dougherty, Jessica Nichols, John Zane Zappas, Joseph Conway, Julie Goldstein, Justin Furniss, Kassia Meador, Katrine Hildebrandt, Kieron ‘Seamouse’ Lewis, Kim Nguyen, Kyle Lightner, Lindsay Preston, Liz Cockrum, Luke Taaffe, Maggie Marsek, Meegan Feori, Michael Singman-Aste, Peter Jackson Hussey, Peter McBride, Renata Morrone, Rick Albano, Ryan Tatar, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Scott Massey, Scott Szegeski, Ted ‘Clayfin’ Gallup, Theo Hetherington, Thomas Campbell, Tiffany Campbell, Todd Stewart, Troy Dockins, Ty Williams and Yusuke Hanai.

Mattson Family Art Benefit

Friday, June 26 - one night only!

4658 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, California

Music by the Mattson 2

 with special guest Ray Barbee!

Silent Auction 7pm - 9pm

Art to be "in hand" to winning bidder by 9:30pm

100% of the proceeds will go to the Mattson family.

$5 suggested donation at the door

Surfindian is a constantly evolving art project and retail store focused on the art of surfing. Surfindian features surf-themed art, apparel, film, books, and jewelry, as well as fine hand-shaped surfboards, fins and other surfing accessories. Surfindian is located at 4658 Mission Boulevard, in the heart of Pacific Beach, California. The store phone number is 858.412.5334. For directions and other information, please visit, and follow the link to the blog.

Wanna see what I donated (and some more of my scribbles)?


Monday, June 22, 2009


Summertime is all about shredding some swells with your friends. Uh-oh. Looks like there's a big overhead set out back.

Friday, June 19, 2009

A Visit from the Saltwater Buddha

When I got home from dinner out last night, Jaimal Yogis, the author of Saltwater Buddha (and many other great San Francisco surf stories) was at my house, dropping off a copy of his novel. He's in Oregon for a few book readings and scoring a little surf along the way. The guy's just as cool as I imagined he'd be. Mellow, despite the fact that his car had just overheated. Blown away by a session he'd gotten in Southern Oregon. Awestruck by the kindness of us Portland folk. I haven't read his book yet, but I'm already loving the first few lines:

"The ocean is in constant flux, and when you spend a lot of time in it you become like a floating bottle with a message inside; you know you're going somewhere, sense you have a purpose, but you also know you're at the mercy of the the winds and currents, that surrendering may be your only good option. Lately I've been surfing a lot..."

For us valleys, he'll be doing a book reading on July 2 at Powell's on Hawthorne.

You can read some of the reviews of Saltwater Buddha HERE.
Check out some more writings of Jaimal's HERE.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Caveman Club

A few years ago, we had this idea to try and make a surfboard without using any traditional tools, materials, plans, or help from Swaylock's. We were going to make a movie of the whole process and then actually try to surf the boards. I thought it would be a pretty funny idea — just really trying to imagine what would make a surfboard work, rather than copying the exact dimensions of something we found online. I called it "Caveman Club" and did some drawings of what the logo/movie title might look like. The idea never got off the ground.

Then, a few months ago, I found out I finally made it on Daily Donkey. I was stoked that despite the passing of years, the apeman in me was still alive and well.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Early Alaia Shredders: Oregon, 1915

The wooden plank's making a comeback, but we should all take a moment to honor those hardcore pioneers of the Oregon surf scene who appreciated the natural trim of a pine slat almost 100 years ago. Alaias weren't so spendy back then. All you had to do was stop by the local coffin maker's and buy a lid for a few bucks. Then you could customize it with a few pseudo-Native American words (blow up photo) and even add a little lip to the nose if you had issues with pearling. And as you can see, these guys were way ahead of Patagonia in understanding the importance of wool in their choice of short-john material.

What are you all standing around for? It's low tide and Gas Chambers is pumping!

Monday, June 01, 2009

Bucket Lists

"What's on your bucket list?"
"Spending a whole week on a beautiful beach with just my dog. How about you?"

"Throwing buckets."